Taking Time

From the Series Lantana Global Picture Books

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

A mindful poem inviting children around the world to experience the wonders of the natural world.

Taking time to listen to a bird’s song on the breeze. Taking time to gather up the blossom dancing free. Taking time to imagine the deep sounds of the sea. Taking time to cherish you…and also cherish me.

WINNER of the Multicultural Category, Northern Lights Book Awards 2021. Waterstones Best New Children’s Book.

“A must-have for anyone sharing books with young children—simply exquisite”—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED

“A soothing balm in book form”—The Observer

“An absolutely stunning book focusing on taking time to enjoy our world and the wonder of it all around us”—The Book Activist

“A dreamy picture book inspired by the principles of mindfulness”—Library Girl and Book Boy

“This book got raving reviews right across the board. I highly, highly recommend this book”—TOPPSTA

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Category SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lantana Publishing
Imprint Lantana Publishing
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2020-06-01
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF042000, JNF024130, JNF038000
Dewey E
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9 x 9.75
Lexile 430
Features Original artwork, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, and Teaching Guides

Author: Jo Loring-Fisher

Jo Loring-Fisher is an artist, illustrator, and storyteller based in the United Kingdom. She holds an MA in Children's Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art. She is the author and illustrator of Taking Time and illustrator of Maisie’s Scrapbook.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

Lantana Global Picture Books

Lantana Global Picture Books are inclusive and international stories celebrating every kind of child and family, because all children deserve to see themselves in the books they read. With a focus on #ownvoices authors from under-represented groups, these stories make a… View available downloads →

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Publishers Weekly

“The phrase ‘taking time to’ begins each line of this book’s rhyming verse, a gentle reminder to stop and appreciate the natural world.”—Publishers Weekly


“This calm, poetic text encourages mindfulness and appreciation of our world. . . . When life seems to move too fast, this book’s message encourages all to slow down and take in the beauty in everything.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“The story celebrates the virtues of various places. Teachers can encourage students to describe specific things that bring them joy.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Author/illustrator Loring-Fisher has created something truly special with this picture book. . . .A must-have for anyone sharing books with young children—simply exquisite.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews